Stink Bug Armies Invading Homes Across the Northeast and MidwestNPMA Staff
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Residents in several regions of the
U.S. are waging a battle against the brown
marmorated stink bug. In its seasonal peak through mid-October,
stink bugs are making their way into homes in preparation for
winter- and this year there are more of them. Stink bug
populations, much like many other insects, have increased due to
the wet winter and spring months earlier this year, according to
the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
"Stink bug populations have increased steadily since the
invasive species was first discovered in the U.S. in 1998. The
massive amounts of snow and rain seen earlier this year in many
parts of the country set the stage for an insect explosion,
including stink bugs," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of
public affairs for NPMA. "While stink bugs
don't pose a threat to humans, their appearance and smelly odor can
be quite a nuisance."
NPMA offers the following stink bug prevention tips:
- Seal and caulk cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility
pipes, behind chimneys and underneath the wood fascia and other
- Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum as stink bugs are attracted
- Repair or replace damaged window screens.
- If stink bugs have already found an entryway use a vacuum
cleaner to eliminate live and dead bugs. However, empty the vacuum
cleaner or dispose of the bag immediately to prevent odor from
permeating the area. Seal contents from the vacuum in a plastic bag
and dispose of it with your normal garbage.
- If an infestation has developed inside the home or building, a
licensed pest professional should be contacted to evaluate and
assess the severity problem and help to identify the access the
points for these invasive species.
- Remember that a licensed pest professional can pre-treat homes
for stink bugs in the late summer or early fall just prior to their
full maturation and congregation.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and